For over a year, we have been dealing with various issues with our vehicle; the last of which was labeled "major engine problems". We knew that we could not afford to continue the unfortunate cycle of repairs that we had been enduring since we purchased it several years ago and were praying for a solution. When informed of the latest issue, Gary and I came to the realization that to spend any more money on repairs would not only be wasteful, but foolish.
Even though we knew we desperately needed a new vehicle, we had no idea how we were going to afford one. We knew the only way we could pull off purchasing a vehicle any time soon would take a Miracle.
With my departure for the summer team trip just 12 days away, I prayed a bold prayer and obeyed the Lord's prompting to "share " this need with our Suubi sponsors and supporters asking for prayer and donations. I even went so far as to pray that the money would be raised before my departure. It was a BIG prayer and I knew it, but I was desperate and believed wholeheartedly that God could manage this request if He chose to do so.
We had never raised this amount of money in such a short time, but with great anticipation, I began checking email frequently. Each time a new donation came in, I was brought to tears because I knew the Lord was providing. I was genuinely encouraged by the generosity I was witnessing and it blessed my heart immensely.
A few days before my departure, we were still several thousand dollars short of our goal. I knew the vehicle would most likely cost more than what we estimated since I had watched prices go up since I last inquired. Still, I hoped that our estimate was close and I continued asking the Lord to provide the amount needed before I left.
The day before our team's scheduled departure, I was busy with last minute preparations and did not check my email. At some point on departure day, as we waited for our flight, I found a moment to check email and was astonished by what I found. Tears immediately came as I read an email from a gentleman who had done a "little research on the cost of vehicles" and made a donation the day before I left. The amount he donated exceeded the amount I had said we needed. I was speechless.
ONLY GOD can make it possible to raise over $11,000 in less than 12 days!
Within a few days of my arrival to Uganda, David, our country Director, and I set out looking for the type of vehicle we felt would be a good fit for Suubi. We found one that we were both pleased with and agreed the Lord had confirmed our choice. After negotiating with the seller and finalizing the purchase, for nearly the exact amount we had raised, we sat in our new vehicle and laughed. We were giddy with excitement and in awe over how the Lord had brought this moment about. Before driving off the lot, we prayed together and thanked God for His provision and for the people who prayed and donated to make this possible. It was truly an amazing experience.
Our Vehicle Miracle = Prayer Answered! I didn't know the TOTAL amount I would need for the vehicle. I simply estimated and then prayed for the "amount needed" to be raised before I left the country. God alone knew the exact amount I would need. When the plea for help went out, a dozen saints donated the portion they felt led to give and then one last gentleman did a little research and sent what he "thought" might cover the balance. His donation was MORE than I had asked for and he made it the day BEFORE I left for Uganda. Despite my inexperience with purchasing vehicles and the hundreds of choices in front of us, the Lord showed us which vehicle to buy. The last donation MET the amount we needed to purchase it. God supplied EXACTLY what was needed through the faithfulness and generosity of His people !
Even now, as I write this, I'm overwhelmed and so incredibly thankful!